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Creative Writing Fellow Patience Agbabi contributes to The Guardian pamphlets

This Saturday (20th September), the Guardian starts a week-long series of pamphlets on Creative Writing. Patience Agbabi, newly appointed Creative Writing Fellow for the new MA at Oxford Brookes, has written the Poetry issue in this series, which will be featured in Sunday's Observer. Patience, who recently attended the launch of the new MA in Creative Writing, is author of Bloodshot Monochrome (2008) and Transformatrix (2000).

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Times of India profiles Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies

In August 2008 The Times of India published an article on the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies and its degree programmes. The profile included interviews with students and alumni from India from both the BA and MA publishing degrees.  Ankit Vij, studying BA Publishing, said: 'Apart from the fact that Oxford is a lovely place to live in, OICPS would be my first and only recommendation to students looking for publishing programmes because of the course structure and the teaching standards.' Deepthi Talwar, a graduate of the MA in Publishing, commented: 'The publishing industry in India has grown at an incredible pace in the last couple of years. ... at  OICPS, I was given exposure to an industry that had already seen that growth many years back. So, one can learn a lot from their marketing, commissioning and production strategies.'

You can read the full Times of India article here.

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Publication of essay by Craig Richardson during Woy Hoy Cheong Exhibition

Craig Richardson's essay 'Pale Rider' on Wong Hoy Cheong's practice includes a detailed study of Hoy Cheong's residency at Pitt Rivers Museum as the 2004 Oxford Brookes Pitt Rivers Museum Fellowship.

The essay is included in "Shifts : Wong Hoy Cheong 2002 - 2007", published on the occasion of the exhibition Bound For Glory: Wong Hoy
organised by NUS Museum (National University of Singapore) with catalogue co-publisher GALERI PETRONAS (Malaysia).

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Simon Kovesi on BBC Radio 4 - ‘The Lament of Swordy Well’

Dr Simon Kovesi will be discusing the poem 'The Lament of Swordy Well' with presenter and prize-winning poet Paul Farley in a programme airing on Sunday 7th September at 4.30pm on BBC Radio 4. 

Swordy Well is a heath in rural Northamptonshire that was given the power of speech in John Clare's landmark eco-poem, The Lament Of Swordy Well. Poet Paul Farley finds out what's become of Swordy Well, uncovering an extraordinary history in the process, and meets a cavalcade of characters who have passed through this microcosm of rural England.

"My name will quickly be the whole that's left of Swordy Well," wrote John Clare in the 1830s, before he was committed to the asylum, in one of his most moving and proto-ecological poems. Through Clare, the genius loci of place gained a voice but, over the years, Swordy Well has almost lost it, and its name, too.

The site – now Swaddywell – is presently one of scientific interest and has been preserved for its wildlife and habitat. However, following Clare's time, and his catalogue of the area's neglect and abuse following enclosure, it has been used as a racetrack for stock cars, a site for illegal raves and parties and a fly-tipping eyesore.

Paul, who has edited John Clare's poems, goes back to the original location and takes the poem back to its source, meeting writers, conservationists and ravers, who remember partying in Swordy Well, and wondering how would it speak now nearly two centuries after enclosure.

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Greek publishing industry

Together with Christina Banou from the Ionian University in Greece, Angus Phillips has published a paper in Publishing Research Quarterly on the Greek publishing industry. The paper provides an overview of the publishing industry in Greece and suggests areas for further investigation. Topics covered include the structure of the industry and notable features of the book market, including the profile of publishers, the role of information technology, and national book policy.

The Greek market for books is small and as a consequence less attractive to international publishing groups. In 2006 around 9,200 new titles were published, of which over 40 per cent were translated titles. There were 730 publishing houses, mostly small and medium-sized companies, and many publishers remain family-owned enterprises. There are fixed prices for books in the first two years after publication, and there are around 2,000 bookshops in Greece.

Christina Banou and Angus Phillips, ‘The Greek Publishing Industry and Professional Development’, Publishing Research Quarterly, 24:2, June 2008.

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Tom Betteridge contributes to Radio 4 programme ‘Forbidden Families’

Tom Betteridge will be taking part in part 2 of the BBC Radio 4 series 'Forbidden Families' on Wednesday 13th August.

The series, presented by Bettany Hughes, tells the stories of women denied their families by the march of history, this week particularly focussing on how Tudor housewife Anne Askew's conversion to Protestantism tore her family apart.

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Brookes Music lecturer presents Proms on Radio 3

This summer Senior Lecturer in Musicology Dr Alexandra Wilson will present two Proms live from the Royal Albert Hall on BBC Radio 3. She will present the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Prom on Monday 4 August (a concert featuring works by Bach, Rachmaninov and Ethel Smyth) and the Ulster Orchestra Prom on Thursday 7th August (featuring music by Ferguson, Stanford, Smetana and Dvorak). Alexandra Wilson's other presenting work for Radio 3 has included Building a Library, Opera on 3 and the Breakfast show. She will also take part in a live pre-Prom discussion about Puccini's opera "Il tabarro" on 11 August, to be broadcast during the interval of that night's Prom.

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Dr Gail Marshall Secures Prestigious Fellowship in Washington DC

Oxford Brookes University’s Head of English Studies, Dr Gail Marshall has successfully secured a one-month fellowship at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC in order to carry out work on Ellen Terry, for a major essay on the actress in a volume in the new Continuum series, Great Shakespeareans.  Series editors are Peter Holland and Adrian Poole.

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Book Launch - ‘Inside Book Publishing’

Routledge and the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies held a reception on Monday 14 July 2008 to celebrate the publication of the fourth edition of Inside Book Publishing by Giles Clark and Angus Phillips. The reception was held at Headington Hill Hall, Oxford Brookes University. Many publishing professionals attended, together with Oxford Brookes alumni and the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Janet Beer.

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Dr Tom Betteridge Secures Award to Restage The Play of the Weather at Hampton Court

Oxford Brookes English Department Reader Dr Tom Betteridge has secured a prestigious Arts and Humanities Research Council Grant for a project examining the Court Drama of the Reign of Henry VIII.  The project includes restaging John Heywood’s the Play of the Weather at Hampton Court Palace in 2009.

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